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The nightly annihilation before I wake

“When we prepare for sleep, we strip ourselves of the accoutrements of selfhood: our clothes, glasses, make-up and false teeth. We bid goodbye to the people around us, lie down in stillness and return to our original solitary nakedness. As … Continue reading

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Resilience through ritual

There is a saying that goes: Failing to plan is like planning to fail.  That failure on our part has knock on effects that often results in ‘grief’ of some kind. Grieving is a natural and to be expected emotion … Continue reading

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In a few words

What’s to be said following the death of a partner, friend, child, colleague; someone we hold dear who has died? The job of wording a eulogy usually ends up resting on the shoulders of a close family member or friend … Continue reading

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New Year ritual not everyones cup of tea

In times past, before access to technologies like the internet, we tended to live in our somehwat isolated little bubbles believing that most other people were probably not all that much different for us.  This is no longer the case.  … Continue reading

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The town with a community operated funeral service

What to do when the closest funeral provider is an hour away, when local residents can’t afford the expense of the commercial operators?  Tough bikkies, is what some people would say, but not a town that is known for its can-do … Continue reading

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When loaf takes on a new meaning

Evolution is not only confined to the biological world, there is evolution within language as well. Who would have thought that the humble loaf would have anything to do with our discussions about dying and death? In The Story of … Continue reading

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When the coffin becomes a tourist attraction

Bizarre, ridiculous, crazy, disrespectful, commercial madness, tourism gone too far.  However you like to describe it the coffin races at Manitou Springs, Colorada are something to be seen to be believed – at least for those of us not used … Continue reading

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